Thursday, May 21, 2015

"Superstar" BOTB Tally! Carpenters vs. Vandross


I wish I could say that it was close! In the epic Carpenters/Vandross battle, it was a landslide (surprise) for The Carpenters. 

Even though they did not write it, weren't the first or even the second to record it, they OWN this song in the hearts and minds of the public. It's worth another listen:


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33 comments:

  1. Hokey-Smoke!
    THE CARPENTERS pulled off a victory here?
    Color me "Curprised"!

    Well, after nearly 2-years, the ONE thing I've learned about BOTB is that you never can be sure until the votes are counted, and re-counted, and re-re-counted and all the "Chads" 'n' "Cherdos" are accounted for.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Carpenters Fan'

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    1. I love the Carpenters. I stuffed the ballot box.

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  2. Richard is still floating around out there somewhere.

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    1. He certainly is. He has some sort of charitable foundation. I wrote to him once, years ago, asking him to support The Hurricane in her educational endeavors. He never replied, the (oops! can't write what's in my head, but it's a naughty word that starts with "B"). The Hurricane is a success in spite of Richard Carpenter.

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  3. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    This is another pesky travel day for me so I need to keep it brief. While the outcome of your BOTB contest comes as no surprise, you presented two worthy contenders. Listening to these two great performances touched and inspired me. That's what matters most.

    I hope all is well with you at your home away from home. God bless!

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    1. Cherdo has asked me to take over comment answering until she returns. She's having the time of her life in Vegas, and you know what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. She got married by an Elvis impersonator to an Elvis impersonator. Hubzam has no idea.

      Well, he didn't have any idea. I guess I've changed that.

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  4. Vandross was smooth but we know a bit too long. Maybe a shorter version and less sweat, would have swayed me. But I loved this battle. Both were soulful in their interpretations.
    Great stuff, Cherdo... cheers!

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  5. Well the Carpenters are talented there's no way Luther should have lost. I'll vote next time!

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    1. You would have been the lone soul voting for Luther? That's very brave of you, considering the mob of Carpenters' fans who have gathered to support them.

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  6. POSTSCRIPT:
    Doc Cherdo, I wanted to reiterate (but I "forgotted") that although your first BOTB installment was one-sided, you really did score boo--- TONS of points from me by featuring Karen Carpenter in your debut Battle!

    Karen is my all-time favorite vocalist, and I am a Carpenters fan from as far back as when I first learned how to switch on a transistor radio. Even when it was considered uncool and nerdy to like The Carpenters, I never turned my back on them. I was willing to be a rebel and proclaim my love for them. (Sounds kind of funny to say that declaring yourself a Carpenters fan made you a rebel, but it was true... at least in Lost Angeles.)

    I have used Karen in two previous BOTB installments and the chances are that I will do so again in some future BOTB blog bit.

    I loved that your first adventure with BOTB also included the girl of my dreams, Cherdo, you doctor of rebellion!

    ~ D-FensDogG

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    1. I think it might be more appropriate to call Cherdo the nurse of rebellion. I have the Carpenters' first album and then some. It never occurred to me that they weren't cool. Maybe it's because I'm not cool. I still listen to their albums.

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  7. Ah bummer, a 'dreaded' shut-out. Actually, I've had a few, and I don't think they're all that bad, but some of the other participants live in mortal fear of 'em. With BOTB there is no tellin' how the fickle public will vote.

    Good debut BATTLE. I think Karen owned this song from the very first note, so she was gonna be hard to beat no matter who came up against her.

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    1. A shut-out is okay. It would be difficult to beat Karen.

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  8. Karen Carpenter's voice is so recognizable, and I have always loved their music. Thanks for the reminder and the video, Cherdo!

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    1. Thanks for joining us, Linda. I visited your fence photo today. It's cute as a bug's ear.

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  9. I can't say I'm surprised. We all love Karen and Richard. Though Luther has a smooth voice, his version is too drawn out and dramatic.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. You're absolutely right, Junebug. I am so grateful that a genius visits my blog regularly, and you, Janie, are the genius.

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    2. I think what you did there violates some rule.

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    1. Karen has that sweet longing in her voice that says, Maybe he really will come back, and I need to be in a mental hospital before I murder him for not returning to me.

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  11. I had a feeling The Carpenters would win. Funny I just saw a brief "talk" on Entertainment Tonight" about a 37 year old woman who is only 40 or is it 50 lbs suffering from anorexia. She is asking for help since no hospital will take her. It is so very sad to see

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    1. Oh, Birgit, that's horrible. It's hard to imagine that a hospital wouldn't take a patient, but perhaps they know from experience that she's a non-compliant patient who encourages the other patients not to eat. There must be some hospitals that specialize in anorexic care.

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  12. Bummer, I missed your first BotB post! (It was your first, right?) I'm surprised Stephen was so gracious about the result, he hates shut-outs ;)

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  13. Do love Luther, but Karen knocked him out.

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  14. I think the Carpenters won because they're simply beloved for all their songs, ones like "Close To You" and "We've Only Just Begun." I have great memories of them as a kid. (Very sad about how Karen died though.) Have an awesome weekend, Cherdo!

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  15. I'm not surprised by this result, as The Carpenters' version is so well known and Luther's was completely different. Interesting result for your first battle. Looking forward to the next one!

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  16. Wow, poor Luther! I love the Carpenters. Their sound is just hard to beat. Such a tragedy to have lost Karen so young. Sad story there. I enjoyed hearing the song again so thanks for posting it. It's a rainy Saturday: perfect weather for a Carpenters song!
    Michele at Angels Bark

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  17. I figured the Carpenters would win, but I didn't know it would be this one sided. The boxing gloves are a very apt method of counting. Someone get Luther Vandross a bag of ice for that beating...

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  18. Karen Carpenter did have such a calming, soothing voice. I was thinking she looks not so well here, but this was before she lost all that weight. It's her eyes--there's no life in them. It's like she's just going through the motions.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo